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Salary Dividend Consideration

There are a number of considerations that can affect whether an owner-manager chooses to take out salary income versus dividend income. Some of these considerations include:

  • Paying a salary helps eliminate AMT whereas eligible dividends may cause AMT to apply;
  • Dividends reduce CNIL balances;
  • Dividends result in both corporate and personal installments;
  • Dividends may result in a dividend refund-if there is RDTOH; and
  • The existence of a GRIP balance allows eligible dividends to be paid.

Every person’s and corporations tax circumstances is unique and changes over time. Determining what the most tax efficient method of remunerating owner-managers is one that relies on current information about both the payor and the payee.


Pro Tip


The Small Business Deduction gives businesses a tax deduction on the first $500,000 of income. This saves an eligible corporation around up to $50,000 in income taxes. There are a number of conditions that have to be met to be eligible for this deduction.


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